By Richard Davey

In Coastal Dhofari Arabic: A comic strip Grammar, Richard Davey offers a close description of a hitherto overlooked Arabic dialect present in southern Oman. formerly recorded by way of Rhodokanakis, as a part of the sudarabische excursion of the Austrian Imperial Academy, the dialect provided right here bargains a particular account of the daily language spoken by way of the historic sedentary, coastal group. utilizing facts accumulated in the course of 2010-2012, Richard Davey offers an summary of the phonology, morphology and syntax of this style. as well as this, a lexicon of coastal Dhofari Arabic is supplied, in addition to a dialogue of its grammaticalized beneficial properties. it's a well timed account of a dialect that's endangered as a result of improvement, modernization, and the ensuing social alterations in Dhofar."

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Two particular phonological features which could be identified however were the contrasting reflexes of the Classical Arabic (henceforth ca) phoneme /dʒ/ as either a voiced velar plosive stop /g/ or voiced palato-alveolar affricate /dʒ/, and the reflexes of the ca phoneme /q/ as either a voiceless uvular plosive stop /q/ or voiced velar plosive stop /g/. 8). These reflexes became a rough but useful means of assessing and defining speakers during the early stages of fieldwork. By a process of attributing their realisations to groups from specific regions within Dhofar, the existence of a potential coastal Arabic dialect became apparent.

3 1 Holes (2004: 70–73) The preservation of these interdental phonemes is common amongst Bedouin-style dialects in the eastern Arab world, features which have merged with their corresponding dental forms in many other dialects. 2 Holes (2004: 62). One general exception to this are geminate stop forms, where the stop closure is noticeably lengthened. 3 All underlying geminate forms are given in the discussion, regardless of their realisation.

Based on his sample of forty speakers, it is Holes’ analysis of what those high-frequency features are for northern Oman which is most relevant to this study. Neighbouring communities may share certain parts of this dialect bundle, perhaps two or three common features, but it is only when all of these criteria have been met, that a homogenous group can be said to exist. Given the considerable distance from Dhofar to the northern communities of Oman, it was unlikely that Dhofari Arabic would share the same dialect bundle as those dialects in the north, but it provided a means of establishing feature boundaries with other dialects which could assist in defining the area of this study.

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